The design specifications for White Rose allow for production of between 75,000 and 110,000 barrels of oil per day. The DA indicates a peak production rate of 34 million barrels per year, increasing total oil production on the Grand Banks by about 30% and pushing provincial oil production to more than one-third of Canada’s light conventional oil production.
Opportunities for this Province
White Rose will provide significant benefits for the Province over the field life. Since the onset of Hibernia construction in the early 1990s, considerable infrastructure, skills and expertise have been developed thereby allowing businesses and individuals to pursue the growth opportunities offered by offshore oil development. World-class offshore fabrication facilities at St. John’s, Marystown/Cow Head and Bull Arm have played a role in previous oil developments and will be competing for White Rose work along with similar international service providers. Labour training requirements will also mean the increased use of established training infrastructure in the Province.
Efforts are being made to enhance local skills in FPSO design through the completion of initial design work within this province. In October 2000, Husky Oil awarded the front-end
engineering design contract for the White Rose FPSO to Maersk/Seabase of St. John’s.
White Rose Production Phase
| Semi-submersible drilling
| Onshore support/administration
| Tanker transportation
| Supply/standby vessels
| Helicopter services
| Note: Estimated annual employment for the first 4-5
years of production
Source: White Rose Oil Field Development Application
| This contract marks the first time that initial design work for an offshore oil development has been based in the Province and represents a technology transfer opportunity.
The partners estimate that the production phase of the project will create between 370 and 375 direct jobs, raising direct oil production employment in the Province to over 1,400. In addition, considerable opportunity will exist for ongoing research and development projects, and various procurement contracts for goods and services.